Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

Bonhams Nelson Horatia Teapot

Bonhams expects as best of Nelson-themed ceramics come to auction

12 April 2024

A single-owner collection of Nelson-themed ceramics and glass will be offered at Bonhams later this month.

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Copy of Action Comics No 1 featuring Superman debut soars to a world record price

11 April 2024

Priced 10 cents when it appeared in 1938, a copy of Action Comics No 1 which introduced Superman has become the world’s most valuable comic book.

Arthur Devis portrait

Arthur Devis portrait soars over estimate in Devon auction

10 April 2024

Following the major sum for a rare picture painted in India by Arthur William Devis (1762-1822) at Gorringe’s, another work by the artist flew over estimate a fortnight later in Devon.

Geo Ham Monaco GP Poster 1934

Geo Ham's Monaco Grand Prix designs lead Travel & Vintage posters auction

09 April 2024

Original printings of two of the most reproduced of all automotive posters come for sale at Lyon & Turnbull this month.

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Egg-shaped artwork could set new auction record for Italian artist Lucio Fontana

09 April 2024

An artwork by Lucio Fontana, the Argentine-Italian artist known for his 'slashed canvas' creations, is coming to auction in May.

The Fall of King Nebuchadnezzar

Bidding battle for Old Testament painting despite condition issues

08 April 2024

A monumental painting of an Old Testament subject, which came to auction in a gloomy state, drew a remarkable bidding battle at a West Sussex sale.

Joshua Reynolds’ portrait

Art collection of film director comes up for auction in London

08 April 2024

The personal art collection of film director and intellectual Pierre Rouve (1915-98), kept in his Chelsea house until he died, will be offered at auction.

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Earnshaw and Mudge ensure lots of interest

08 April 2024

Demonstrating the continued interest in pocket watches by most renowned English makers, two Georgian watches, one signed for Thomas Earnshaw and the other for Thomas Mudge, achieved strong results for regional salerooms on the same day in March.

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Boxwood comb would be a heartfelt gift to a loved one

08 April 2024

The familiar heart symbol - that today is ‘read’ as love - made its first appearance as a rebus in the late Medieval era.

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Xuande period suspected, £43,000 hammer resulted

08 April 2024

This 8in (19cm) high vase may belong to a select group of Ming cloisonné enamel vases dating to the Xuande period (1426-35).

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Louis Vuitton miniature trunk flies over estimate in Maine

08 April 2024

Correct in detail, material and quality of construction, down to brass hardware, stencilled cloth and monogrammed leather trim’, a miniature Louis Vuitton trunk sold for $7500 (£5900) at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (20% buyer’s premium).

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Frodsham given to a lifesaver

08 April 2024

This 18ct gold pocket watch by Charles Frodsham with accompanying chain (offered separately) was presented by Sir Victor Horsley (1857-1916) to the man he credited for saving his son’s life.

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Rolex told time for intrepid explorer

08 April 2024

A Rolex used by Spanish sailor and scientist Vital Alsar Ramirez (1933-2020) during his Amazon and Atlantic expeditions in 1977 sold for £10,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium).

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Chair made for the Vanderbilts brings bidding battle at Bonhams Skinner

08 April 2024

This Herter Bros inlaid rosewood and upholstered slipper chair was part of a suite made for the Vanderbilt family c.1881-82.

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Godwin connection lifts table to 13 times top estimate

08 April 2024

The distinctive Anglo-Japanese tables designed by the architect GW Godwin in the later part of the 19th century are known as Smallhythe tables, after the example found in Smallhythe Place in Kent which was the home of the actress Ellen Terry.

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Bidders detect Grendey quality in pair of chairs

08 April 2024

Giles Grendey (1696-1780) was a well known English cabinetmaker with a workshop in Clerkenwell, a member of the Joiners company rising to Master.

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Lofty prices from attic comics find

08 April 2024

A collection of vintage comics has sold at auction in Lichfield for a total hammer price of £13,150.

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Clocks & watches: Fret design points to hand of famed maker

08 April 2024

Castings on Charles I era lantern clock suggests the work of William Bowyer

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Original comic artwork in demand

08 April 2024

“Our selection of Charley’s War artwork continues to attract new winning bidders”, says Malcolm Phillips.

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Subject matter boosts sampler to over 80 times estimate

08 April 2024

Embroidered samplers can appeal to buyers for all kinds of different reasons.

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